Call for Materials: Lower School Maker Space

Big changes are happening in the Lower School as the summer sun blazes. While we have had “making” happening all throughout our classrooms for years, there is going to be a new dedicated “makerspace” in the LS Library starting this fall. “Making” encompasses design thinking, tinkering, experimenting, failing and collaborating. In order for our LS Makerspace to get off the ground, be maintained, and be successful, we need some help from our community. We are not asking that you go out and purchase anything! If you are cleaning out a closet or the dreaded basement and you come across materials that you think our students could make something with, consider gathering those up and bringing them into school to the Library starting Monday, August 15th.
The list below is the “more common” items and are merely suggestions. They are definitely things that we would like but please do not limit yourself to only items on this list. (All items need to be safe, clean, and appropriate for elementary-aged students. Items like hand-tools, sewing needles, etc. will be only be used with adult supervision)
·        Sewing supplies (Needles, thread, scissors, fabric, sewing machines)   
·        Ribbon, yarn, string                       
·        Legos, Knex, Blocks, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys
·        All types of paper (Wrapping paper, card stock, construction paper, printer paper, scrapbook)
·        Post-it notes
·        Markers, Pens, Crayons, etc.
·        Cardboard of any kind, ranging from boxes like cereal or Pop Tarts to large appliances (flattened please)
·        Cardboard tubes (wrapping paper, toilet paper, paper towel, etc.)
·        Wine corks J
·        Kitchen equipment (measuring cups, rolling pins, pots and pans, kitchen tools)      
·        Craft supplies (cotton balls, popsicle sticks, tongue depressors, paint, tape, low temp hot glue gun, glue gun sticks, regular glue/sticks, toothpicks)
·        Canvas, art supplies                     
·        Cameras, photography equipment                  
·        Things we can take apart (Old or broken electronics, small devices)
·        Hammers, Screwdrivers, pliers
·        Nails, Screws, Bolts               
·        Storage Containers – tubs, baskets
·        Dominoes, marbles 
·        Playing cards (used for building items)
·        Batteries (various sizes)
·        Rubber tubing
Thanks for considering,
John, Dave, and Andy

Summer Camp at Friends is now an official Make Magazine affiliate

Summer at Friends is hosting a Maker camp in the Middle School Library which has been selected as an official Make Magazine affiliate. Campers today designed their first Make Magazine project using Makey Makey kits to create a Makey the Robot Operation games.  Yes, it is actually called Makey Makey Makey Operation, it works, and it’s super fun to both make and play!

maker camp photo

Here is the link